More pics from the land Down Under where we have just experienced the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.
The whole country is still in shock, so here at Curiouser and Curiouser I’m determinedly focusing on koalas and how they are suffering in the heat rather than on the many people who have died – burned in their homes and cars and backyards – and the hundreds left with nothing but the clothes they stand up in, in towns reduced to cinders and smoldering ash.
I can’t bear to hear those stories so I’m just sending my donation, my sympathy and my thankfulness to have escaped it here in NSW (where bushfires also raged out of control for much of last week – incidentally, why are fires said to rage? These fires seemed much more malevolent than a mere mindless rage could adequately describe; changing direction to catch people who were fleeing and outwitting the best efforts of a truly heroic fire service which trains specifically to deal with such conflagrations).
Click Here for a National Geographic video about a koala found by firefighters (many of whom are volunteers, incidentally) desperate for water after the fire swept through her home range.
Anyone who knows Koalas will recognise how desperate these animals must be to venture close to humans, normally they are extremely shy and avoid contact as much as possible – even with each other.
Koalas have been increasingly endangered for years – their habitat was already under pressure from development and with no leaves remaining on the trees for them to eat, their future is not looking exactly rosy.
Nonetheless, everyone is rallying round in support of the people (and wildlife) of Victoria who have been so terribly affected by the bushfires.
The Red Cross and others are organising appeals and a national memorial day has been announced by the government… initially I struggled to see the point of that – I thought it was mere political posturing – but on reflection perhaps it will help people to know that the whole country acknowledges their loss and the fact that many people’s lives will never be the same again.
They will be marked in days, weeks, months and years ‘after the fire’.
The arsonists who set some of the fires are likely to get a public lynching. And I can’t say I would entirely blame the mob in this case.
A more positive post next, promise.